iambic

[ ahy-am-bik ]
/ aɪˈæm bɪk /

adjective

Prosody.
  1. pertaining to the iamb.
  2. consisting of or employing an iamb or iambs.
Greek Literature. noting or pertaining to satirical poetry written in iambs.

noun

Prosody.
  1. an iamb.
  2. Usually iambics. a verse or poem consisting of iambs.
Greek Literature. a satirical poem in this meter.

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Origin of iambic

1565–75; <Latin iambicus<Greek iambikós.See iambus, -ic

OTHER WORDS FROM iambic

i·am·bi·cal·ly, adverbun·i·am·bic, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for iambic

iambic
/ (aɪˈæmbɪk) prosody /

adjective

of, relating to, consisting of, or using an iamb or iambs
(in Greek literature) denoting a type of satirical verse written in iambs

noun

a metrical foot, line, or stanza of verse consisting of iambs
a type of ancient Greek satirical verse written in iambs

Derived forms of iambic

iambically, adverb
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